October 28, 2021

Build Back Better Framework Includes Groundbreaking Investments in Families

This post was last updated on September 29, 2021. As new policies are announced, FPI will update this page.

As Florida’s response to COVID-19 takes front and center, concern grows for low-income families who struggle to take precautions against the spread of the virus. Although Congress has passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act to address, at least in part,  the public health crisis and economic fallout from COVID-19, many barriers continue to keep struggling families from accessing the assistance they need during the pandemic. As Florida initiates policies implementing the Act and addressing other barriers to the safety net, FPI will update this form. When available, hyperlinks are provided to agency documents or statements that provide greater detail  about the new policy.

On March 22, 2020, FPI and 44 other organizations sent a letter to Governor DeSantis, leadership in the Legislature and agency heads to urge action on 47 specific policy changes to reduce unnecessary barriers for Florida’s safety net programs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. See the letter here.

The framework announced earlier today includes investments that would help bolster Florida’s economic recovery and narrow long-standing racial disparities in household income and access to affordable health care. Specifically, the framework would provide tax relief for millions of Floridians by extending through 2022 the Child Tax Credit and Earned Income Tax Credit expansions; provide funding to close the Medicaid coverage gap through 2025 for people with income below the poverty level, including hundreds of thousands of people in the Sunshine State; and invest in universal and free preschool for all 3- and 4-year-olds. Although some key provisions, including mandatory paid leave, were left out of the framework, it nevertheless lays the groundwork to jumpstart the economy and boost income for families struggling to make ends meet in the wake of COVID-19 and the recession.

Importantly, these groundbreaking measures would be paid in full through provisions in the framework designed to make sure corporations and the wealthy pay more of their fair share in taxes.

Florida’s congressional delegation must act now to support this framework and help move it forward.

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